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The Few, the Proud, the Convicted
More Convicted Felons
Allowed to Enlist in the Military
WASHINGTON Under pressure to meet combat needs, the Army and
Marine Corps brought in significantly more recruits with felony convic-
tions last year than in 2006, including some with manslaughter, vehicle
homicide, robbery, aggravated assault and sex crime convictions.
Data released by a congressional committee shows the number of sol-
diers admitted to the Army with felony records jumped from 249 in 2006
to 511 in 2007. Marines with felonies rose from 208 to 350.
Those numbers represent a fraction of the more than 180,000 recruits.
brought in by the active duty Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines during
the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2007. But they highlight a trend that has
raised concerns both within the military and on Capitol Hill.
Both the Army and Marine Corps have been struggling to increase their
numbers as part of a broader effort to meet the combat needs of a mili-
tary fighting wars on two fronts.
20 Migrants Drown Off Bahamian
Shore Fleeing Impoverished Haiti
NASSAU, Bahamas Haitians fleeing their impoverished homeland
met tragedy when their boat went down off the Bahamas, killing at least
20 people and leaving only three known survivors, including an alleged
migrant smuggler, authorities said Monday.
Survivors said the boat was carrying 24 people when it capsized last
weekend, according to U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Luis Diaz in Miami.
Just before dawn Sunday, fishermen heard screams.
The migrants appeared to be aiming for U.S. shores. The accident hap-
pened less than 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Miami. The boat had set
out from Nassau and was supposed to stop in Bimini en route to Florida.
Two Haitian survivors -- a man and a woman -- were being treated at a
Nassau hospital for dehydration. The third survivor, a Honduran marine
mechanic, was taken into police custody as authorities investigate smug-
gling allegations, McKinney said.
The two Haitian survivors identified the Honduran as the sunken ves-
sel's captain, Lloyd said.
$25 Million Marks Largest African-
American Gift to a U.S. University
LOS ANGELES The University of Southern California has received a
pledge of $25 million from the widow of a prominent Los Angeles busi-
USC president says it's the largest gift ever made by an African-
American to an American university.
Vema Dauterive, a retired Los Angeles schoolteacher and principal,
pledged the money in the name of her late husband, Peter.
He was a USC business graduate who became president of a savings and
loan that sold mortgages in inner-city Los Angeles.
Verna Dauterive, a USC alumnus, says the donation is a way of thank-
ing the school for its dedication to diversity and global outreach.
Magic Johnson and Canyon
Capital Close $1 Billion Fund
NEW YORK The Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund, a partnership
between Canyon Capital Realty Advisors and former basketball star
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, has concluded raising a $1 billion fund target-
ed for new development and urban revitalization.
Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund III will fund new development specifi-
cally geared to the population in ethnically diverse, densely populated
neighborhoods with strong demand for new retail, residential, or ware-
house and distribution centers.
Adding leverage, the fund can translate into $3.5 to $4 billion in new
development, said Bobby Turner, managing director of Canyon Capital
Realty Advisors, which manages more than $11 billion of capital.
Some of the areas for development via the fund may be located in Los
Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Austin, Huston, Washington D.C.,
Boston, Chicago, Nashville, and the Interstate 85 corridor between
Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Charles' Children, Battle Manager
LOS ANGELES Ray Charles' children are accusing his longtime
manager of mismanaging his estate and trusts and tarnishing his legacy
by releasing two CDs the late singer never would have approved.
In published reports, several of Charles' 12 children accused Joe Adams
of holding too much power over Ray Charles Enterprises and the Ray
Charles Foundation and excluding them from business dealings.
They're seeking a formal investigation and audit looking into their
father's estate, trusts and foundation for possible wrongdoing. They have
complained to the California attorney general, the Los Angeles County
prosecutor's office and the FBI.
Charles' children hope to win control of the marketing of their father's
name and image, and a greater voice in foundation affairs. Professional
estimates place the value of Charles' musical recordings at about $25 mil-
lion, plus another $50 million he held in securities, real estate and other
Volume 21 No. 52
Black America is continuing to
vote for Sen. Barack Obama while
blue collar whites are over-
Sen Hillary Clinton.
The blue collar
S what propelled the
former first lady to a
ten point lead over the
Obama struggled in
Pennsylvania for the white vote.
Residents say his efforts to woo
white voters in the Pennsylvania
Democratic primary, \%ere hur b\
his comments on small ton bittci-
ness and his associaol n %lth an
April 24-30, 2008
Win Emphasizes Racially Polarized Voters.
"He is saying people are weak,
dumb and naive, and they are seek-
ing religion as a way of getting
through," said Darwin Whitmnoyer.
54, a white truck driver, from
Muncy Valley, PA. "He didn't help
While most black voters in the
recent primary backed Obama, only
about 35% of whites voted for him,
compared with the 53% of whites
who backed Hillary Clinton.
Nine out of 10 blacks, supported
Obama, a former Clinton strong-
hold. Black voters were only about
one in seven Pennsylvania voters.
soine\\hat smaller than average in
Democratic votingg so far
Obama also did well in
Philadelphia and its suburbs, where
about two-thirds of voters \were
backing him. The city is home to
many black voters, while its sub-
urbs are full of well-educated, liber-
al whites who have voted strongly
Underscoring Obama's lead
among delegates and in the popular
\ote in prior primaries, just over
half said they believed Obama
would d be the eventual nominee.
In man\ wa\ s. voting groups were
splitting in familiar patterns.
Women. older and less educated
otherss were decisively backing
Clinton. Men, the young and best
educated were in Obama's camp.
A preliminary tabulation showed
Clinton gaining at least 52
delegates' to 46 for
Obama, with 60
still to be awarded.
That left Obama
with 1,694.5 dele-
gates. and Clinton
according to the AP
tally. 2,015 is needed to
garner the nomination.
The remaining Democratic con-
tests are primaries in North
Carolina. Indiana. Oregon.
Kentuck. West \irgiua. Montana,
South Dakota and Puerto Rico, and
caucuses in Guam. ."
Dayspring Confronts Crime ZEKE YANT BU
Epidemic from the Pulpit
Shown above are Isaiah Rumlin, Officer Ken Jefferson, Det. Olivia
Blue-Harris and Pastor Jeffrey Rumlin.
As a crime epidemic continues to
maim the city, one pastor is taking
fighting crime to the pulpit. Pastor
Jeffrey Rumlin of Day Spring
Baptist church hosted the
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at his
expansive Northside church to
encourage his membership to play
an active role in helping police to
solve many of the problems plagu-
ing the community ranging from
murder to car jacking. Officer Ken
Jefferson was on hand to deliver -
Continued on page 3
Colleague and friend Dr. Barbara Darby hosted the event for the
retiring Dr. Brenda Simmons. MNL Photo
400+ Mark Retirement of 35
Year Educator Brenda Simmons
Brenda Robinson Simmons educator, mother, grandmother and dedi-
cated community volunteer came full circle this past weekend. More
than 400 guests helped celebrate her retirement from Florida Community
College at Jacksonville (FCCJ) after thirty-five years of employment.
Some would even say she was destined to spend her career there. "I came
to FCCJ as a college freshman, and the institution gave me a solid prepa-
ration for my future," says Simmons. A year before she finished graduate
school, FCCJ recruited Simmons for a teaching position. Cont. on page 3
Jack & Jill Joins Forces With Mali
Vai Washington to Benefit Urban Youth
By Marti C. Chapman
Software, books, games and puz-
zles included the bounty of treas- tt
ures presented to the Mali Vai i(
Washington Kids Foundation
media room. The trendsetting foun-
dation founded by former tennis
pro Mali Vai Washington teaches
urban youth the game of tennis in
addition to a variety of mentoring
and support activities.
The facility's Multi-media room
will contain a state-of-the-art com-
puter lab, library, audiovisual area
and mentor area. Local members
of Jack and Jill of America, and
mothers of this year's Prospective
New Members Class, made the
presentation at the Foundation's -,"
new Youth Tennis and Education .
Complex, located in Durkeeville.
Wanda Willis, the Jacksonville -
Chapter President, adds, "the part-
nership between the MaliVai 7 .
Washington Kids Foundation and
Jack & Jill is a perfect fit with the
mission of the organization. We
are excited to be able to be a part of Shown are prospective new members with goodies for the Foundation.: (Back Row) Thelecia Wilson, Deirdre Kyle,
bringing the Durkeeville Selena Hodge, Lawanna Gilliam-Reese, Carla Carter, Deidra Johnson, Iranetta Wright, Madeline Scales-Taylor.
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NYC Preparing for Sean Bell Verdict
Nicole Paultre-Bell, left, fiance of
Sean Bell, leaves Queens County
Courthouse in New York, N.Y. after
closing arguments of the case
against three New York City police
detectives charged in Sean Bell's
NEW YORK When police killed
an unarmed African immigrant in a
hail of 41 bullets in 1999, outrage
filled up the streets of New York.
About 1,200 people were arrested,
including elected officials and
celebrities, during a month of daily
protests. Thousands more marched
after four white officers were
acquitted in Amadou Diallo's
Nine years later, three officers
will learn their fate Friday in a case
over another heavy police barrage -
- 50 shots aimed at an unarmed
black man outside a nightclub on
the morning of his wedding. The
city is bracing for more protests if
the officers are acquitted.
This time, however, the mood is
The New York Police
Department has downplayed
reports that 1,000 officers will be
deployed outside the courthouse in
Queens and near the spot where
Sean Bell was killed in 2006.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne
declined to specify any plans. The
department, though "always ready
for any eventuality," doesn't expect
serious trouble, he said.
The mood has been tempered by
several factors. Racial tensions in
the city are low compared to the
Diallo era, when then-Mayor Rudy
Giuliani had poor relations with
the black community. And in the
Bell case, two of the officers are
black, making it less racially lop-
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has
said he believes calm will prevail
after the verdict.
"My expectation is that no matter
what the decision is, everybody
will act in a dignified manner no
matter what they think," the mayor
The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to
show up Wednesday on the steps of
City Hall with two friends of Bell
who were seriously injured in the
shooting "to call on the community
to give the criminal justice system
a chance to work."
Bell, 23, and the two companions
were shot Nov. 25, 2006, after a
bachelor party at a seedy strip club
in Queens that police had targeted
for an undercover vice operation.
The defense claims that under-
cover officer Gescard Isnora, who
was posing as a club patron,
believed a gunfight involving Bell
and his friends was brewing when
he confronted them as they entered
Bell's car and identified himself as
an -officer. He and the other officers
opened fire after Bell violently
pulled away and crashed into an
unmarked police van.
The prosecution has portrayed the
defendants as trigger-happy cow-
boys who shot first and made up a
reason for it later when they real-
ized no gun was in the car. The
surviving victims testified they
were shocked when a stranger in
street clothes -- Isnora -- confront-
ed them and began shooting with-
The three detectives are charged
with manslaughter, assault and
reckless endangerment. They
opted to have a judge decide their
case instead of a jury; state
Supreme Court Justice Arthur
Cooperman plans to deliver the
Isiah Thomas Fired as Knicks Head Coach
NEW YORK Isiah Thomas
couldn't win as coach with the play-
ers he assembled as president. Now,
he's lost both jobs. Thomas was
fired as the New York Knicks coach
last week after a season of listless
and dreadful basketball, a tawdry
lawsuit and unending chants from
fans demanding his dismissal.
Thomas lost a franchise record-
tying 59 games this season, and
along the way seemed to lose the
support of his players, who didn't
always play hard for him the way
they did last season.
"I can't really tell you where he
failed with the club. I think that we
reached a point this season when
our team didn't compete fora long
time," new team president Donnie
Walsh said. "The bottom line is that
we haven't won and the team didn't
look like it was motivated to try to
win and be competitive."
Walsh said that isn't always the
coach's fault, but Thomas is blamed
for enough already sometimes
unfairly, Walsh added.
Walsh said no player brought up
Thomas' name during their exit
meetings Thursday, though Walsh
said he wasn't going to be asking
for it, anyway.
Thomas, the coach for two sea-
sons, will remain with the organiza-
tion in an unnamed role, reporting
directly to Walsh, who said he
informed Thomas of the decision.
"It's very difficult to be the coach
and general manager," Walsh said.
"Maybe it was too much."
Walsh took over Thomas' role as
team president April 2, and his first
big decision was to change coaches
as he begins the process of turning
around a team that never won a
playoff game in Thomas' tenure.
"I just believe a new voice, a new
coach, is necessary to change the
direction of the team," Walsh said.
"This is a coveted job. People want
to coach here."
The Knicks finished 23-59 in their
seventh straight losing season.
Two of those 59-loss debacles
came in the last three years, when
the Knicks solidified themselves as
the NBA's most dysfunctional fran-
chise with poor play on the court
and embarrassing behavior off it.
This season alone, Thomas was
found to have sexually harassed a
former team employee, feuded with
point guard Stephon Marbury and
benched center Eddy Curry the
players Thomas acquired in the two
biggest of a number of moves that
never panned out.
Walsh wants a new coach in place
b y the draft in June, when the
Knicks will finally have their lot-
tery pick again after handing over
their last two to Chicago in the
Walsh said he hasn't talked to any
candidates, but mentioned former
Knick and current TV analyst Mark
Jackson, and assistant coach Herb
Williams as people who likely
would be interviewed with no
timetable to.make his decision.
"Obviously, when you're losing,
there has to be a culture change," he
Thomas went 56-108 in New York
and is 187-223 as an NBA coach,
leading the Indiana Pacers to the
playoffs in three straight years from
2000-03. Larry Bird fired him after
becoming team president, a move
Walsh who had hired Thomas as
coach was originally against but
eventually went along with.
Thomas was hired as the Knicks'
team president on Dec. 22, 2003,
and he acquired Marbury from
Phoenix weeks later. The Knicks
made the playoffs that season, get-
ting swept by New Jersey, but
haven't gone back despite their
annual spot atop the league's high-
est payroll list.
JSO Tells Day Spring Congregation to "Stand Together"
The congregation of Dayspring
Baptist Church, and the public lis-
tened intently to an update on
crime from the Jacksonville
Sheriffs Office. Sponsored by Bro.
William Hines and the Men's
Ministry, the gathering learned
from Officer Jefferson that JSO
shouldn't train their children, they
should. He explained that every
member of the community must
play an active role in curbing crime
in their neighborhood. Officer
Jefferson said, Parents, you are
responsible for guarding your chil-
dren, who they hang out with, and
particularly, now-a-days, who they
talk to on the computer." He point-
ed out that some young people get
caught up in those things around
the, because many have bad tem-
pers and don't stay in school. It is a
parent's job to see that their child
stays in school, get a diploma, and a
job. Then, they will not end up on
prime time TV, Officer Jefferson
told them. He emphasized that par-
ents should administer discipline
for all wrongdoing.
Today's crime epidemic indicates
that most murder victims knew
their killers, and that disrespect, ter-
ritorial issues, hot heads, and bad
tempers have caused many of the
murders. It is a Jacksonville prob-
lem. Hanging out has a lot to do
with it. He told the audience that
"as long as you, the community, P
Officer Jefferson emphasized the
strength of numbers. He explained
that you can get things done any-
where, downtown, uptown, or
around town, if you join together.
You can join one of the Sheriffs
Advisory Councils, a
Neighborhood Watch Program,
River Watch, or Business Watch,
Officer Jefferson also gave the
audience suggestions for home
safety, emphasizing that an alarm
system offers more safety than bur-
glar bars. He also asked the audi-
ence to watch "The Wheel of
Justice" Thursday Mornings at 6:55
a.m., noting that 186 of the wanted
criminals exposed have been appre-
hended since the program began
two years ago.
INVITATION TO BID
W.G Mills, Inc., as Design-Builder
for Duval County Public Schools,
will be accepting bids from qualified
sub-contractors and vendors for the
New High School AAA in
The project consists of a new
280,000 SF High School and is
scheduled to bid on of May 22, 2008.
Contact Jason Burt with W.G
email@example.com for information
on this project.
Mills, Inc. at (904) 281-7718
Free City Sponored Dinner to Increase Diversity Awareness
As part of the Project
Breakthrough: A Community Effort
to Change the Story of Race initia-
tive, the Jacksonville Human
Rights Commission (JHRC)
OneJax will host Dinner with a
Difference, a recruiting mechanism
to provide an opportunity for inter-
ested residents to experience the
Study Circle process.
Focusing heavily on fellowship,
the dinner event will provide a
more casual setting where thoughts
can be expressed and voices can be
heard through small group dialogue
on issues of race and ethnicity in an
atmosphere of hope and trust.
The dinner will begin at 5:30
p.m.on Tuesday, May 6 at the
Bethelite Conference Center.
The event is free and open to the
public but registration is required
by Friday, April 29. To register, call
(904) 630-CITY (2489), or e-mail
A multi-dimensional, two-year
initiative, Project Breakthrough
addresses race relations by chang-
ing individual attitudes, influencing
public policy and advocating
against institutional inequalities
among racial and ethnic groups that
appear in education, housing, health
care, the justice system, employ-
ment, civic engagement and media.
Brenda Simmons Culminates 35 Years
in Education with Retirement Festivities
The honoree is shown above with her family: (1-r) Roxwell Robinson, Jr. (brother), Cheryl Zackery (sis-
ter), Roxwell Robinson, Sr. (father), Janie Robinson (mother), Ben Simmons, MI (grandson), Brenda
Simmons (honoree) and Ben Simmons, H (son).
Continued from front
"I was part of a fellowship pro-
gram that focused on preparing
History and English majors for
teaching at the college level. The
consortium also provided profes-
sional development for instructing
students that needed extra care in
the learning process. What better
place to share my talents than at
home?" says Simmons.
During her thirty-five year tenure
at FCCJ, Simmons gained a reputa-
tion for hard work, creativity and
leadership. She began as an
instructor and mentor, and later
became a fofessor, program man-
ager and, las'l ^ executive dean.
According to FCCJ North Campus
president Barbara Darby, Simmons
was all those things and more she
was a gifted professional. "Brenda
is extremely talented. Her love of
students,...her desire for their suc-
cess, plus her natural gifts...made
her a joy. She'll be greatly missed
at FCCJ," says Darby.
While academic circles applauded
Simmons for her contributions to
education and student achievement,
she is, perhaps, best known for her
commitment to family and the com-
munity. Her son, Ben Simmons,
says she's the best mom in the
world. "I'm truly proud of my
mother. She dedicated herself to
helping others," he says. Simmons'
longtime friend Wanda
N lmgomerm. agrees ~.sShe sav,--
"I'I B 'BKnbrenda tPThore t`lan
thirty years. She is a real friend and
a wonderful person. She really
cares about people and will contin-
ue to touch the lives of others in
Simmons has taken on leadership
roles in several community service
organizations, becoming the presi-
dent of both Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. and the Jacksonville
Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
She has served on numerous boards
and committees, and is active with
her bridge club and New Bethel
AME, her church. Simmons has
also established the Brenda
Robinson Simmons Scholarship at
FCCJ for deserving students.
When asked her plans now that
,,she is retired, Simmons says,, "
plan to exhale. Period. lWhen I fin-
ish breathing, I will continue as
full-time community volunteer."
Story by Marretta Latimer
JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
Charles "Boobie" Clark Community Center
8793 Sibbald Road
Jacksonville, FL 32208
To share plans and gather citizen input on bus shelter improvements
along Soutel Drive (between Sibbald Road and Archery Avenue)
and the extension of Linda Lane to Soutel Drive
The meeting will be an open house format with
visual displays where interested citizens can review
the project information and ask questions of the staff.
Anyone requiring special accommodations should
contact Bill Milnes at (904) 598-8731 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday, April 23.
SIOACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AJUTHORY'
RegionaI lltsmpaem w Se dnm
100 North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville Florida 32204
Telephone: (904) 630-3181 Fax: (904) 630-3166
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As Technology Continues to be a Driving Economic
Engine, Poor Families Don't Reap the Benefits
Advances in technology will
continue to guide the development
of nearly any and every organiza-
tion in the world. Technological
advances influence our careers,
personal lives, our children's edu-
cation and even how we rent
Think about it pretty soon going
to a Blockbuster store won't make
much sense when you can simply
rent movies through your TV or
When I was seven years old I
didn't know what a computer was,
but today it's a different story.
While many of us used encyclope-
dias and various books to do
reports and research papers, our
children simply need a computer
and an Internet account.
With the new digital age, bound-
aries seem nonexistent. If you can
make it to a public library you can
access the Internet and limitless
information. School projects that
may have taken us a couple of
weeks to do, now only take today's
youth a couple of days.
While technology continues to
progress, many of our minority
communities remain stagnant. The
resources that many families have
aren't available to poor families. In
fact, many resources that private
and suburban schools have aren't
available to our inner-city schools.
In a nutshell, the digital divide
continues to grow, but at a slower
rate than before. Facts are that the
gap between technology "haves"
and "have-nots" is unrelenting.
Although computers are getting
cheaper, the overall social prob-
lems in my poor communities pre-
vent the gap from decreasing.
It's more prevalent in the African
American community, not just
because we are black, but because
of the economic conditions in our
neighborhoods. Between the sim-
ple economics of owning a com-
puter and maintaining a monthly
internet account with a provider to
social issues like teenage pregnan-
cy and weak family structures,
blacks still struggle to keep up with
The Internet may provide for
equal opportunity and communica-
tion, but only for those with access.
The United States economy may
also be at risk if a large portion of
our society, denied equal access to
the Internet, lacks the technological
skills to keep American corpora-
tions competitive internationally.
The Digital Divide is so trou-
bling because we're seeing our-
selves move more into a culture
where a lot of our economic factors
are related to digital communica-
tion. Many jobs are now being
posted solely on line. Public
authorities are posting Request for
Proposals (RFPs) and bid opportu-
nities on line, and many college
courses post assignments, grades
and even test via the Internet.
National studies say that 40.8%
of white households own a com-
puter. That's more than twice the
number of black households (19.3
percent) or Hispanic (19.4 percent)
An even wider gap exists in the
statistics for Internet usage:
Roughly three times as many white
households have online access
(21.2%) as do blacks (7.7%) and
The disparity in Internet access
between blacks and whites grew
53.3 percent between 1994 and
1999. Hispanics are doing even
worse, with the gap between
Hispanics and whites growing by
An even more telling statistic is
that fact that a child in a low-
income white family is three times
as likely to have Internet access as
a child in a comparable African
American family, and four times as
likely to have access as children in
a comparable Hispanic household.
Again, this isn't so much a racial
issue, but an economic one.
In fact, the difference in PC own-
ership levels of households earning
$10,000 to $14,000 and those earn-
ing $50,000 to $75,000 is nearly
50%, up from 38% in 1994.
Studies have also shown that for
household incomes under $40,000,
whites are more likely than African
Americans to own a home comput-
er, but for household incomes of
$40,000 or more, a greater propor-
tion of African-Americans own a
On the management side of the
issue, John Thompson, CEO of
Symantec, is the only black execu-
tive at the helm of one of the top
150 publicly traded tech companies
in the country. An extremely sur-
prising stat considering the large
number of major IT firms through-
out the nation.
The digital divide in low-income
communities is certainly visible,
but the corporate problem is even
scarier. Reverend Jesse Jackson's
bought stock in 50 tech firms two
years ago, and found just five
African-Americans and one Latino
among the 384 company directors.
Now surely there have to be
more qualified minority manage-
ment personal to fill those execu-
tive positions. A more important
question is; as technology contin-
ues its rapid advancement will
opportunities for minorities
increase, and will small and minor-
ity businesses bridge the ever-
Signing off from the IT depart-
ment at City Hall,
The Arrogance of Power and the Ignorance of Weakness
by James Klingman
As I wrote in my "Letter to White
Folks," this country is being
destroyed by greedy, conniving,
arrogant people. Our political lead-
ers have taken this country to the
edge of economic meltdown and
political chaos with their lies and
deceit. I often wonder if they think
they will ever die and have to
account for their actions.
It is shameful and sad that they
are so engrossed in their own per-
sonal enrichment that they have
disregarded most of the people in
this country. But, it's also sad to
think that most of us go along with
the program, whether by omission
or commission, by allowing these
leaders to continue doing their dirt.
Even sadder is the fact that our
children will surely pay the price
for our apathy and our weakness in
the face of impending disaster.
When I ask myself, What are we
afraid of? What do we have to lose?
Why do we allow ourselves to be
played? I cannot for the life of me
come up with acceptable answers.
The people in power are so arro-
gant and aloof in their dealings
with the folks for whom they are
supposed to be working. The
"American people" are so laid back
and shy when it comes to our
response to the nonsense, because
we simply do not want to know
what is happening. We want to
remain in our ignorance, thus hav-
ing no responsibility or obligation
to act in any way to change things.
We ratchet-up our enthusiasm for
politics, especially this year, and
traipse to the polls like lemmings,
believing we will find salvation
there. Fact is we will only gain an
emotional up-tick from the upcom-
ing elections, both national and
local because our investment in the
political process is that of ama-
teurs. Despite being involved for
decades, and despite having elected
Black officials all over this country,
we are still politically impotent and
ineffective in most cases. In other
words, we still get played.
The arrogance of our top political
officials is off the chart. They
thumb their noses at us and could
not care less that we know what
they are doing. Our ignorance, in
many cases, is as shameful. We do
not pay attention to our surround-
ings; we do not have a grasp of our
history; and we do not critically
analyze what is being said to us via
the nightly 30-second sound-bites.
The arrogant lord over the igno-
rant and strut their power over the
weak with impunity as though there
is no higher authority and price to
pay for their actions. But take a
look at current conditions and you
will see that there is a price to pay
for both arrogance and ignorance.
Financial institutions are in deep
trouble, and when they sneeze, we
get pneumonia. The housing bub-
ble has burst and we are paying
dearly for it; families are losing
their homes by the hundreds of
thousands across this nation.
Unemployment is on the rise, and
inflation is taking hold. Mass lay-
offs, such as those seen in the late
1980's and early 1990's are return-
ing to the forefront 4000 from
Merrill-Lynch alone. Food prices
are reaching unprecedented levels;
and who knows where the price of
gasoline will end up this year.
Many of the ignorant are still dying
for the arrogant in Iraq, while bil-
lions of dollars flow like oil from
corrupt hand to corrupt hand,
through Halliburton, Blackwater,
Bush's "friends," the Saudis, and
other oil rich nations refuse to
increase production and help lower
the price at the pump, while China
and India have increased their
demand for the precious commodi-
ty. We owe more than we have; we
import more than we export; we
have a deficit that is out of control;
and we have a dollar that is proba-
bly worth about 15 cents by now.
And the arrogant tell the ignorant to
mimic Bobby McFerrin, "Don't
worry, be happy."
What's the answer? Even experts
in economics and business can't
agree on what to do at this juncture
in America's history. Here is what I
do know though. Black folks are at
the bottom of every good category
and at the top of every bad catego-
ry in this country; we cannot afford
to sit back, mired in ignorance and
apathy, waiting for someone to
After 400 years in this country,
after suffering under the worst
treatment, pushed to the end of the
line in every stage of progress, and
relegated to second-class citizens,
Black Americans remain the most
vulnerable of any group.
We must stop volunteering to be
ignorant of the things that matter;
we must open our minds to the real
conditions of this country and the
world; we must spend more time
critiquing, analyzing, and appropri-
ately responding to the power of
the arrogant; and we must design
and execute economic initiatives
that benefit our people and our chil-
dren, the way others are doing,
The arrogance of the powerful
leads to the ignorance of the weak,
and that leads to the perpetuation of
the status quo in this country. We.
will continue to think we are play-
ers while we are really being
pimped. Wake up! There's more to
life than sports and entertainment.
Power corrupts, but Amos
Wilson taught us that powerless-
ness also corrupts. Powerlessness is
derived from ignorance, and we do
not have to be ignorant if we don't
want to be. Information is too plen-
tiful and too accessible. Get it! Act
U.S. Customs and
by William Reed
African Americans should note that the U.S. Customs
and Border Protection (CBP) have begun an aggressive recruiting campaign
An agency. of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, CBP has a spe-
cific goal to add African Americans to its rolls. CBP has a workforce of
45,000 employees, including officers, canine enforcement officers, Border
Patrol agents, aircraft pilots, trade specialists, and mission support staff.
CBP's recruitment effort seeks to increase African-American employment
from 1.2 percent to 5 percent over the next two years.
CBP is charged with regulating and facilitating international trade, collect-
ing import duties, and enforcing U.S. trade laws. Another CBP mission is pre-
venting terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States. The
largest uniformed law enforcement agency in the country, CBP personnel is
responsible for apprehending individuals attempting to enter the US illegally,
stemming the flow of illegal drugs and other contraband, protecting US agri-
cultural and economic interests from harmful pests and diseases, and protect-
ing American businesses from theft of their intellectual property.
CBP's four major operating entities are: Office of Field Operations (OFO);
Office of Border Patrol (US Border Patrol); Office of CBP Air & Marine; and
the Office of Intelligence and Operations Coordination (OIOC). CBP has
been forced into active recruitment across America. A November 2007
Government Accountability Office report showed that low staffing, training,
and overwork as a large problem within CBP, and an average of 71 officers
leave the service every two weeks. The recruitment effort is also fueled by
President George W. Bush's 2006 announcement to enhance the nation's bor-
der security by hiring 6,000 new Border Patrol agents by the end of 2008. By
the end of Fiscal Year 2008, CBP hopes to have over 50,000 employees and
have hired more than 11,000 new employees.
The goal of hiring a record number of Border Patrol agents includes target-
ed outreach to African American communities. The national recruitment cam-
paign seeks to address and dispel misconceptions African Americans may
ha e about becoming an agent, and to increase the percentage of minorities in
the Border Patrol. Because most of its work is along America's Southwest
Border States, the Border Patrol currently has less than 1.5 percent African
Americans within its ranks, as opposed to the Common Labor Force, which
has more than 10 percent.
The starting salary for Border Patrol agents is under $36,000 and reaches
$70,000 within three years of service. Border Patrol agents also receive a
generous benefits package including health and retirement benefits, in addi-
tion to substantial overtime earnings. All applicants must: be under age 40; be
a U.S. citizen and resident of the US; be fluent in Spanish or be able to learn
basic Spanish; possess a valid state driver's license; pass a thorough back-
ground investigation, medical examination, fitness test, and drug test.
CBP recruiters say that if your background includes: past or present arrests;
convictions (including misdemeanor domestic violence charges); dismissals
from previous jobs; debts and financial issues; excessive use of alcohol; or use
of illegal drugs, and/or the sale and distribution of illegal drugs, you be con-
sidered "unsuitable" for a Border Patrol Agent position. During the hiring
process, applicants may also be subjected to a polygraph examination.
If higrd, candidates for. permanent positigns jitstpsgppqeFulycomplete a
55-day paid "Basic Academy," training at the CBP Border Patrol Academy in
Artesia, N.M. Training includes such topics as immigration and nationality
laws, Spanish, physical training and marksmanship. An added incentive for
African Americans with little familiarity with Spanish is that an additional 40
day session will be provided for those needing more basic Spanish language
Black men and women considering jobs as Border Patrol Agents should
review the agency's website www.CBP.gov. CBPjob candidates must be will-
ing to work overtime and shift work under arduous conditions, and be profi-
cient in the use of and carry firearms. Border Patrol Agents are subject to ran-
dom drug testing. They may also be sent on temporary assignments on short
notice and on permanent reassignments to any duty location. All Border
Patrol Agents start their careers along the Southwest border.
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Sellers Clan Celebrates 12th Birthday with Traditional Family Barbecue
Friends and family members spent their Saturday afternoon celebrating the 12th birthday of young master
Carlos Sellers. Water slides, trampoline jumping, barbecue, and the traditional birthday cake marked the begin-
ning of the last preteen year of the son of Margaret and Henry Sellers. The Darnell Cookman 7th grader culmi-
nated his celebration by opening his mountain of gifts. Shown above are Omamia Curtis, Artheria Coleman,
Kaylin Nelson, Arthur Coleman Sr., Ciara Adams, Diamond Curtis, Sherri Coleman and Latavia Rivers, Carolyn
Coleman, William McMorries, Latrell Adams, Danesha Cole, Lisa Coleman, Christian Graham, Tayman Cole,
Deborah Davis, Darius, Christian Curtis, Michael Powell, Frank Powell, Henry Sellers Jr., Carlito Sellas, Henry
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Black Enterprise Hosting Youth Business Conference
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the Charlotte Convention Center in
Charlotte, North Carolina.
The conference teaches young
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skills needed to become successful
a O %business owners. Created to be as
fun as it is educational, the program
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Running simultaneously with the
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instruction at three levels:
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owners), Future CEOs (ages 11-
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Members of last year's class pose for a graduation photo.
10). Attendees will learn how to
create a business proposal, build a
business Website, and learn a little
about banking among other topics.
The top-notch program covers
everything from developing leader-
ship skills to drafting a business
plan. The program culminates with
a-gtduationt ceremony tiJ'Saturday;,
May 17, where the students will
present their completed business
For more information about the
Conference, please call 800-209-
7229 or visit www.blackenter-
Lynchings Occur in the Congo
as Penis Theft Panic Hits Capital
KINSHASA, Congo Police in
Congo have arrested 13 suspected
sorcerers accused of using black
magic to steal or shrink men's
penises after a wave of panic and
attempted lynchings triggered by
the alleged witchcraft.
Reports of so-called penis snatch-
ing are not uncommon in West
Africa, where belief in traditional
religions and witchcraft remains
widespread, and where ritual
killings to obtain blood or body
parts still occur.
Rumours of penis theft began cir-
culating last week in Kinshasa,
Democratic Republic of Congo's
sprawling capital of some 8 million
inhabitants. They quickly dominat-
ed radio call-in shows, with listen-
ers advised to beware of fellow pas-
sengers in communal taxis wearing
Purported victims, 14 of whom
were also detained by police,
claimed that sorcerers simply
touched them to make their genitals
shrink or disappear, in what some
residents said was an attempt to
extort cash with the promise of a
"You just have to be accused of
that, and people come after you.
We've had a number of attempted
lynchings. ... You see them covered
in marks after being beaten," said
Kinshasa's police chief, Jean-
Police arrested the accused sorcer-
ers and their victims in an effort to
avoid the sort of bloodshed seen in
Ghana a decade ago, when 12 sus-
pected penis snatchers were beaten
to death by angry mobs. The 27
men have since been released.
"I'm tempted to say it's one huge
joke," Oleko said.
"But when you try to tell the vic-
tims that their penises are still there,
they tell you that it's become tiny or
that they've become impotent. To
that I tell them, 'How do you know
if you haven't gone home and tried
it'," he said.
Some Kinshasa residents accuse a
separatist sect from nearby Bas-
Congo province of being behind the
witchcraft in revenge for a recent
government crackdown on its mem-
"It's real. Just yesterday here, there
was a man who was a victim. We
saw. What was left was tiny," said
29-year-old Alain Kalala, who sells
phone credits near a Kinshasa
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Northside Church of Christ to
Celebrate Ladies Inspirational Days
"Loving like Jesus, Living in His Image" is the theme for The Northside
Church of Christ's 28th Annual Ladies Inspirational Days.
The festivities begin at 6 p.m., Friday, May 9th. On Saturday, May 10th,
Kandice Jacobs-Armstrong, a Jacksonville native who is a poet, vocalist,
public speaker and is the acclaimed author of "Creating Kandice", will be
the keynote speaker. There will also be workshops, breakout sessions,
prizes and goody bags filled with gifts. A continental breakfast, and a
lunch will be served.
For more information call the church office at (904) 765-9830, or email
Chairperson Jackie Kern, at email@example.com.
Gospel Celebration to Highlight
Points of Excellence Awards
The Northwest Behavioral Health Services will host it's 4th Annual
Points of Excellence Awards celebration at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 26,
2008, at The Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, in the Terry
Theater. The Ritz Voices, Gospel Artist Vickie Farrie, and the First Baptist
Church of Mandarin Worship and Praise Team will be featured. Six
outstanding members of the community will be honored for their contri-
butions in their areas of expertise. A special recognition for the Sara
Cotten Award for community volunteerism will be presented.
The honorees are Dr. Eric Stewart; Brenda Priestly-Jackson; Jack
Diamond; Rev. Rushie Dixon, Kimberly Spence and the Sara Cotten
Community Volunteerism Award will be presented to Ms. Dorothy
Trevette For ticket information, call 781-7797, ext. 321/33.
St. Andrew Mother's Day Luncheon
The Alice M. Graham Women's Missionary Society of St. Andrew
AME Church, will present their 5th Annual Mother's Day Luncheon at the
Village Inn Restaurant, 200 North Third Street, Neptune Beach, Fl. The
luncheon will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 10, 2008. For ticket infor-
mation, please call Dr. Vallie M. Holloway at (904) 249-7624.
My Deliverance Worship Service
Women in Worship in anticipation of My Deliverance Worship Service
at Peace Tabernacle Assembly of God, 2308 Soutel Drive, will open the
doors at 6 p.m. with service beginning at 7 p.m. Evangelist Linnie Brock,
Sister Karol Clark, Pastor Pearl Cole, Evangelist Connie Jenkins and Rev.
Susan Takis, will be the featured guests.
You are invited to come and renew your spirit with messages f hope
from these anointed women of God. Give of yourself and expect to receive
from the Lord. There is a blessing waiting for you.
Bethel Baptist Institutional to Honor
Senior Pastor's 42nd Anniversary
Pastor Rudolph Waldo McKissick Sr. has
lovingly served the Lord through his leader-
ship, passion for Christ, Christian works and
dedicated service to the community for the
past forty-two years as senior pastor of Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church.
Pastor McKissick Sr., through God's anoint-
ing, began his pastorate in April 1966, and
with the aid of the Holy Spirit, has provided
Leadership to a congregation which has grown
to more than eight thousand. He is nationally
Respected for his spiritual leadership and he
Rev. McKissick, Sr. has been continually uplifted and embraced by
The community is invited to join the Bethel family for a full evening
filled with various styles of music by a select group of very trained musi-
cians, beginning at 5 p.m., Sunday, April 27, 2008.
Southside COGIC to Present
"A Time for Levitical Perfection"
Bishop Edward Robinson and the Southside COGIC Music Ministry will
present "A Time for Levitical Perfection" Friday and Saturday, April 25th
and 26th. Friday night's Worship Service will feature Pastor Lamar
Simmons with Love and Faith Ministries, of Tallahassee. A Choir
Workshop will begin on Saturday at 10 a.m. with a concert, praise dancers
and a special guest. For information, call Bro. Ed Robinson at (904) 398-
1625 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Prisoners of Christ to Hold Annual
Crime Prevention Prayer Breakfast
The Prisoners of Christ Ministry Inc. will host their 18th Annual Crime
Prevention Prayer Breakfast and fundraiser is set for 7:27 a.m. on Tuesday,
May 6, 2008, at the Wyndham Hotel, 1515 Prudential Drive. This breakfast
is free and open to the public, however, table sponsorship is available as
well as individual donations.
Sheriff John Rutherford will be attending this year's fundraiser along
with judges and police officers who recognize this organization as a gate-
way for released prisoners. Donations to the POC are used to house, clothe,
feed and offer job assistance to the newly released prisoners to get them
acclimated back into society and to become independent of the POC. This
process takes approximately one year.
Call the POC at (904) 358-8866 to make reservations.
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
Pastor Ernie Murray
Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
Seeking the lost for Christ
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Pastor Landon Williams
One Church/One Child Founder Kicks Off
Re-start of Program at Faust Temple COGIC
Bishop R. O. Dixon, Pastor, Faust Temple COGIC; Pastor Dewight
Brisbane, Pastor, Higher Ground Christian Fellowship; Rev. Al Williams,
One Church/One Child local coordinator; Dr. Arie Sailor, Florida One
Church/One Child Director and Father George Clements, founder of the
organization are shown at the Town Hall Meeting held last Thursday
evening at Faust Temple. The well attended affair included a cross section
of religions and local citizens as the spiritual community re-energizes to
find much needed homes for African American children.
Bishop Philip Cousin Sr. to Proclaim
the Gospel at Palm Coast AME
Bishop Philip R. Cousin Sr. will preach for the cele-
bration of the 15th Anniversary of the Palm Coast AME
Church, Reverend Gillard Glover, Pastor. Bishop Cousin
will proclaim the Gospel at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 27,
2008. The service will conclude with a small reception.
Old, new friends are invited.
Bishop Cousin, retiring senior bishop of the African
Methodist Episcopal Church, former presiding prelate of
the 11th Episcopal District has accomplished leadership in and away from
the church. In 1976, he was elected as the 96th Bishop of the African
Methodist Episcopal Church. His distinguished service includes: National
Board of the Southern Leadership Conference, President of'the National
Council of Churches of Christ and National Board Member NAACP.
For other anniversary news from First A.M.E. Church 91 Old Kings
Road North call the church at (386) 446-5759.
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM -3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Join us for our Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share in lll Communio n on 1st Sunda at 4:50 P.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
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Every 3rd & 4th
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that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
April 24-30, 2008
PaeeP 6 Ms. Perry's Free Press
S hair aan slkidL tips for today woman. of oolor
L- Before I answer your hair questions this week, let
me say first and foremost thank you so much for
all of the support you given me at DS Spa &
Salon. We have just reached our one year
anniversary, and I am so grateful to youfor allow-
ing me the opportunity to work with you. To say
thank you I have anniversary specials available in celebration.
Q: I'm seriously considering
leaving the relaxer alone and
going natural. I've been to
other cities and see others who
have a hair texture like mine
who don't have a relaxer, but it
looks as if they do. What steps
do I need to take to get all of the
relaxer out of my hair?
~ Keisha, Westside
A: While going natural might
seem like a good alternative, the
natural road is not always an easy
feat. For starters you will have to
cut your hair. Ladies there is no
way to get around this one. If you
have a perm, the chemicals have
altered the state of your hair.
There is nothing you can do to
reverse this fact. Trust me it is bet-
ter for you to strategically cut
your relaxed hair then to risk it
Unfortunately cutting your hair
isn't the only challenge you will
face. Luckily there are products
on the market that will help to
soften your hair. Doing so will
make it more manageable. There
will be a transition phase while
you attempt to get back to your
roots so to speak. It is still possi-
ble to have your hair look as if it's
being relaxed even though it's
not. Depending on your hair type,
you may be able to style your hair
by using a really good bevel iron.
Do not under any circumstances
use a straightening comb. It is
important that you find a stylist
that has experience in this area. A
good stylist can make sure your
hair is getting the proper care and
attention it deserves to minimize
damage. Please don't think going
natural means a break from the
salon chair. Just the opposite, it is
more important than ever to make
'sure your.-hair is properly sham-
pooed and conditioned. Just
because your hair is going
through a change is no reason it
can't still be healthy. Once your
hair is completely natural then the
fun starts. It's at this point you can
sit down with your stylist and fig-
ure out your bold new natural
Q: Dyrinda, Last week I
received my regular relaxer
from my stylist and notice that I
have fine bumps on the back of
my neck. My hair comes right
to my shoulders, is it possible
that the relaxer caused this?
A: First, I would say that you
should let your stylist know that
you had a reaction or were possi-
bly burned by the relaxer. The
sooner you notify your stylist the
more likely she is to recall exact-
ly what happen during your visit.
Remember open communication
with them is always the best poli-
cy; your stylist doesn't want you
to have problems because of
something that happen while in
her care. This might be a case of
a sensitive scalp. Have you ever
hear anyone tell you this before?
If not then ask your stylist if it's a
possibility for your condition.
This kind of information can help
them better analyze your hair.
Also if you notice that you're
burning in one place every time
please point this out to the stylist.
If so, that should be the last place
where the relaxer chemical is
applied. As far as treating it, if it's
just a regular bur from a relaxer
the bum itself shouldn't be seri-
ous. There should be no need to
worry. Make your stylist aware
and she should have something in
her cabinet that can be used to
soothe the irritation. At home you
can once again grab the Vaseline.
Remember, it's also your
responsibility to be mindful of
what's going on after you leave
the hairdresser. It is hoped this
helps and please I'd love to hear
back from you after your next
appointment. : :*-
Forward your questions to
JFreePress@aoLcom. DS Spa
and Salon is located at 9810
Baymeadows Rd Suite #2.
Dyrinda can be reached at 855-
On Divorce Court, Bynum Calls Her Marriage 'Done'
Above, Bynum and Weeks are shown in happier times. Shown right is her evidence of abuse.
Televangelist Juanita Bynum says said she would always love Weeks, followers, said she saw signs of
in a two-part episode of "Divorce but made a decision to "love me trouble in her marriage well before
Court" that she's through with her more." the assault.
marriage to minister Thomas W. Weeks pleaded guilty in March to "I was just trying to make it work
Weeks III, who is on probation for assaulting Bynum on Aug. 21 in a because I don't like losing relation-
assaulting her. hotel parking lot outside of Atlanta; ships," Bynum told Judge Lynn
In episodes airing this week, police said Bynum told investiga- Toler, who hears cases on the syndi-
Bynum also says she had thoughts tors he choked her, pushed her cated show distributed by
of suicide and weighs in on a case down and kicked and stomped her. Twentieth Television. "All of this
involving domestic violence. When Weeks was sentenced to three just kept getting swept under the
asked what advice she had for years' probation and ordered to per- rug ... So you begin to adapt to a
women in situations similar to hers, form community service and under- very wrong and very unhealthy
she said, "I have to make a decision go counseling, marriage."
... to take the love that I had for him Bynum, a prominent televangelist The couple wed in a million-dol-
with me." whose message of women's lar, televised ceremony in 2002 and
In a transcript of the show, Bynum empowerment resonated with many together wrote "Teach Me How to
Love You: The Beginnings."
Bynum filed for divorce a month
after the attack.
When asked on "Divorce Court"
whether she and Weeks were plan-
ning a reconciliation, Bynum said
she is "done."
"I can't speak for him, but I no
longer want the marriage," she said.
Weeks' divorce attorney, Randy
Kessler, said that the divorce is
moving forward. A mediation date
is scheduled for May 13.
"Reconciliation is not in the works
and not even being discussed now,"
Kessler said, adding that the show
appearance could affect the media-
Bynum also was asked about
rumors that she tried to commit sui-
"Suicide crossed my mind ... You
know, I felt hopeless," Bynum said.
"I didn't because the name Bynum
represents a legacy of people that
have gone before me and had I done
that I would have given too much
power to an individual to wipe out
the integrity of the legacy I was
Bynum is a former hairdresser and
flight attendant who became a
Pentecostal evangelist, author and
gospel singer. Weeks is the founder
of Global Destiny churches.
Ghetto Nation: A Journey into the Land
of Bling and Home of the Shameless
Ghetto no longer refers to where
you live, it is how you live. It is a
mind-set... a mind-set that thinks
the Mwords -- monogamy and mar-
riage are bad language... a mind-
set that thinks it is fine to bounce,
baby, bounce in some video, as if
that makes it different from per-
forming such a display on a table,
on a pole, on some john's lap, or on
Most of all, ghetto is a mind-set
that embraces the worst. It is the
embodiment of expectations that
have gotten dangerously too low. -
- Excerpted from the Introduction
by K. Williams
Have you ever visited the website
Hot Ghetto Mess?. It's a site dedi-
cated to black bad taste which posts
hilarious photos and videos of girls
and guys gone ghetto.
Now Cora Daniels has written a
book about the troubling phenome-
non in which she bemoans the fact
that ghetto style is no longer limited
to folks living in the slums.
Ms. Daniels, who herself lives in
argues that ghetto is now a state of
mind which has been exported to
the mainstream with the help of
gangsta rap videos.
This entertaining tome is as funny
as it is cautionary, points out plenty
of indications that you know you've
SSome saniplesinclude-Wearing a',
do-rag to school or court,
incorrect English, sporting
gold caps on your teeth,
driving a pimped-out
automobile, and using
the N-word or ho.
The author argues
that the adherents of
this lifestyle are
short, since one's
academic and Co
prospects aren't very good
when you don't aspire to be the best
you can be.
Therefore, it's no surprise to hear
Daniels side with Bill Cosby
against the Hip-Hop Generation in
the African-American culture wars,
although she makes a point of
never blaming the poor
for their plight.
Thus, she stu-
diously avoids the
trap which snares
so many conserva-
tive pawns seen as
unfortunates trapped in
the never ending cycle
Rather, Ghetto Nation's
primary thesis, convinc-
ingly articulated, equates
ghetto with self hate because
it typically inspires those degener-
ates stuck under its spell to embrace
the lowest common denominator
and to exhibit the worst of traits
found in humanity.
Got Talent? The Ritz Needs You for Purlie
The call is out to tell your friends,
church members, co-workers, study
group, book club...and anyone else
18 years and older that the Ritz
Theatre is holding an open audition
for PURLIE, the broadway musical
penned by the legendary Ossie
Davis and others. It will be per-
formed in August of this year.
Purlie, tells the story of a young,
idealistic preacher named Purlie
Victorious who tries to bring free-
dom to an oppressed town by
inventing an elaborate, ingenious
and hilarious scheme to reclaim the
people's rights. The question is,
though, is he a savior or just a con
man? This delightful musical
includes such popular songs as "I
Got Love," "Walk Him Up The
Stairs" and "Down Home." Purlie,
is the award-winning musical adap-
tation of actor Ossie Davis' play
A strong, singing cast of men and
women age 18 and older is needed
to fill the following roles:
Purlie Victorious Judson-
African-American; a loud, proud,
preacher who is intent on winning
the church and the land back from
01' Cap'n; Lutiebelle Gussie Mae
Jenkins- African-American; a
naive, love-struck young woman
who follows Purlie; Gitlow and
Missy Judson- African-American;
a hard-working, church-going cou-
ple who play by the rules; Idella-
African-American; an older woman
who works for 01' Cap'n; Charlie
Cotchipee White; a young man
who is intent on equal rights for
everyone around him; 01' Cap'n
Cotchipee- White; the jolly, older,
racist landowner; The chorus-
African-American men and women
who will represent various charac-
ters, including the members of Big
Bethel, the local church. Strong
gospel-style vocalists needed!!
There are no children's roles in
The casting call will be held on
Monday, May 12th from 5:30 8
p.m. at the Ritz 829 N. Davis St.,
Please bring a headshot or recent
photo and resume of acting and per-
formance experience in addition to
a one 2-minute comedic monologue
of your choice AND a vocal 1-
minute vocal selection. Be pre-
pared for cold reads from the script.
iddle-aged and older Black men
and women are strongly encour-
aged to audition.
If you cannot attend this audition,
please contact the Ritz Theatre to
schedule an audition before the
final audition date. Call (904) 632-
5555, x237 for more information,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Healthy TV for
the Family Class
The Duval County Extension
office is offering a "Healthy TV
Viewing for the Young Family class
on Friday, April 25, 2008, 10:00
a.m. at the Duval County Extension
office, 1010 N. McDuff Avenue.
Free. The week of "TV Turnoff
Week" is April 21-27, 2008.
Parents will learn about the effects
of television viewing on children,
how to make the most positive
impact on childhood viewing,
media guidelines for parents and
the rating systems, and suggestions
to productively spend children's
time. To register or for more infor-
mation, call 387-8855.
Annual Fair Housing
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission will present a day of
workshops to educate the commu-
nity on fair housing. It will be held
Saturday, April 26th from 8:00
a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the Wyndham
Riverwalk Hotel. Workshop topics
include: Updates of Title VIII of
The Fair Housing Act; Predatory
Lending; Getting a House/Keeping
a House; Budget Wise
Housing Resources in a Multi
Cultural Society; Mortgage
Banking/Bad Credit Burs Money.
To register by phone call 630-2489.
Tour of Homes
The Riverside Avondale
Preservation Association will have
their 34th Annual Spring Tour of
Homes on Saturday and Sunday
April 26 and 27th throughout the
historic district. The self guided
tour of neighborhood homes will be
throughout the day until 5 p.m. For
tickets or more information, call
Haven Hospice will be having a
community garage sale on
Saturday, April 26th from 7 11
a.m. It will be held invthe parking
area of the Community Hospice of
Northeast Florida's Earl B. Hadlow
Center for Caring, 4266 Sunbeam
Road. For more information call
One Jax Humanitarian
The 2008 Humanitarian Awards
Dinner presented by Onejax, will be
held on April 29th at 6 p.m. at the
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront Hotel. The event honors
those who have demonstrated a
commitment to serving the commu-
nity. This year's honorees include
Gertrude Peele, Michael Korn,
James Burt and Deboarah Pass. For
more information, call 354-1529.
B.B. King in Concert
The legendary B.B. King will be
in performance at The Florida
Theater on Wednesday, April 30th.
The blues legend will be perform-
ing all his top hits with his famous
guitar "Lucille" in tow. To pur-
chase call the box office at at 355-
2787. The Theater is located at 128
East Forsyth Street.
Elexia Coleman-Moss will facili-
tate the workshop "Women in
Leadership: Where are we headed?"
on Thursday, May 1st. This con-
versation to examine the recent and
current involvement of women in
leadership roles in our community.
Join us from 5:30 7:00 to explore
ways that women are engaged and
encouraged to participate and what
our future holds. The forum will be
held at JCCI headquarters located at
2434 Atlantic Blvd. Reserve your
seat by e-mailing Lashun@jcci.org.
May PRIDE Book
The PRIDE Book Club, North
Florida's oldest and largest African-
American book club, will be meet-
ing on on Friday, May 2, 2008 at
7:00 pm. at the Gateway Book
Store at the Gateway Shopping
Center. The book for discussion
with the author will be The Human
Stain by Philip Roth. For more
information, contact Felice
Franklin at 389-8417 or 703-8264.
This year's 45th Annual Isle of
Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be
held on May 2, 3 & 4. Located in
historic Fernandina Beach, FL,
when not feasting on shellfish or
other festival fare, visitors can
enjoy the works of over 300 award-
winning artists and craftspeople and
their creations in various mediums.
The festival also boasts an excellent
showing of fine antiques and col-
lectibles, including furniture,
depression glass, jewelry, crystal
and coins. Visit www.shrimpfesti-
val.com or call 866-4-AMELIA.
The City of Jacksonville Canning
Center will offer a workshop on
Monday, May 5, from 9AM to
Noon. Celebrate the gardening sea-
son by learning how to make straw-
berry preserves and take some
home for your family to enjoy. You
must pre-pay to register. If your
group is interested in making a dif-
ferent item, or for more informa-
tion, call at 387-8850.
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staff of Old Stanton, New Stanton
and Stanton Vocational High
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Schools are invited to attend the
2008 Stanton Gala Celebration, cel-
ebrating 140 years. The event will
be held Saturday, May 3, 2008 at
the Prime Osborne Convention
Center. Doors Open at 6 p.m. For
more information, contact Kenneth
Reddick at 764-8795.
Universal Sisters is a program
designed to address the unique
health concerns of women of color.
The one-day event will feature
dynamic keynote speakers, break-
out sessions, and free health screen-
ings, and will take place at the
Hyatt Hotel on Saturday, May 3
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Seating is limited, and women are
encouraged to get their tickets early
by calling (904) 549-2938 or visit-
ing wjct.org. The ticket price
includes continental breakfast,
lunch and a gift-filled canvas bag.
Come hear the Sound of Music
with Soloist and Speaker Nikki
Jatindranath, who will share songs
from the heart and the reason she
now has a "song for all seasons of
life." The luncheon will be held on
May 6th from 12:00 -1:30 p.m. at
the Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Road
in Mandarin. Complimentary
Nursery is provided. Call Cande at
908-5609 or Email: mandar-
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Dinner with a
Difference at BCC
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission will present the
"Dinner with a Difference" on
Tuesday, May 6th at 6:00 p.m. The.
free event will be held at the
Bethelite Conference Center, 5865
Arlington Expressway. For more
information call 630-8071.
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society meeting is
Saturday, May 10th at 10:15 AM.
The meeting will be held at the
Mandarin Regional Library, 3330
Kori Road, Jacksonville, Florida in
the Community Meeting Room.
The guest speaker will be Patricia
Barefoot of Quarantine Island,
Georgia. Author of several books,
Mrs. Barefoot will speak on
"Researching in the Georgia
Piedmont". The meeting is free and
open to the public. Light refresh-
ments will be served. Additional
information, call (904) 778-1000.
Harvey in Concert
You've seen him in everything
from the television shown named
after himself to being one of the
Kings of Comedy, now Steve
Harvey will grace the stage of the
Times Union Center on Saturday,
May 10th at 8 p.m. For tickets call
Ticketmaster at 353-3309.
Dreamgirls on Stage
at the Florida Theatre
Stage Aurora will bring
Dreamgirls to life at the Florida
Theatre May 10-11, 2008.The soul-
ful locally produced show boasts
such show-stopping musical num-
bers as "And I Am Telling You I'm
Not Going," "I Am Changing" and
"Dreamgirls." Jacksonville natives
and Broadway performers Angela
Robinson (The Color Purple) and
Executive Director Darryl Reuben
Hall (Porgy and Bess -Lincoln
Center) will serve as co-directors.
For more tickets or more informa-
tion, call 765-7372.
Men at TUCPA
The critically acclaimed play
"Twelve Angry Man" will grace the
stages of the Florida Times Union,
May 13-18 starring Richard
Thomas. For'tickets or more infor-
mation, call 632-3373.
Links Old School Gala
The Bold City Chapter of Links
will present their annual Old School
gala on Friday, May 16th at Alltell
Stadium. The 70s themed event
includes a soul food buffet, prizes
for best attire.
For tickets or more information, e-
mail BoldCityLinks@aol.com or
contact any Bold City member.
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The Millions More Movement
Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., a non-profit organization
is now in the process of gathering
clothes for it's next 'Clothes Give-A-Way.
Due to the extended cold winter weath-
er Jacksonville is experiencing if you
have extra jackets, gloves, caps,
sweaters, coats, blankets please bring
them to 916 N.Myrtle Avenue from 9:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through
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April 24-30, 2008
Page 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
April 24-30. 2008
TV star Tia Mowry is
now Mrs. Cory Hardrict,
as of last weekend.
The twin of TV's "Sister
Sister" and "The Game"
fame walked down the
aisle last weekend with
her longtime beau in
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Mowry's twin and "Sister
Sister" co-star, Tamera,
served as maid of honor
during the ceremony at
the Four Seasons Resort,
Kenny Lattimore sang "For You"
as the bride walked down the aisle
before 170 guests.
Mowry, 29, became engaged to the
prolific actor in December 2006.
Mr. and Mrs. Cory Hardrict
Hardrict, 28, has many TV and
film roles to his credit and is now
filming "Chicago Pulaski Jones,"
which is being directed by Cedric
the Entertainer, reports the Internet
Movie Database, IMBd.com.
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
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. "Little Rudy" to Play Hooker for Madea
Soul Train Bids Adieu to Awards Show
It's the end of the line for the Soul
Train Music Awards, which have
largely been ignored by the
African-American stars the event
aims to honor.
A spokeswoman said the show
would not go ahead with its 22nd
annual installment this year, but a
reason was not specified.
At last year's event in Pasadena,
most of the winners did not show
up, including such A-listers as
Beyonce Knowles, Mary J. Blige,
John Legend and Gnarls Barkley.
The show takes place a few weeks
after the Grammys, the music
industry's top awards. Similarly
themed ceremonies like the BET
Awards have also provided some
Perhaps more critically, the under-
lying syndicated dance show "Soul
Train" ended its historic run in
2006. It was distributed by Tribune
Entertainment, which exited the
syndication business when billion-
aire Sam Zell took its Tribune Co.
parent private late last year in a
highly leveraged deal.
The "Soul Train" TV show has
served as an important promotional
springboard for black music's
biggest stars since launching in
national syndication in 1971. It
claimed to be the longest-running
show airing in first-run syndication.
The franchise is the brainchild of
Don Cornelius, an ambitious
Chicago DJ who decided in the late
'60s that there was a need for a TV
show featuring young black people
dancing to recorded music. Few
shared his view, and he self-funded
a pilot in 1969. It aired on a
Chicago TV station the following
year, and quickly became a hit.
Cornelius, famed for an expansive
afro in his younger days, hosted the
show for the first 22 years. But he
has kept a low public profile and
rarely consents to interviews. He
tearfully accepted a Grammy
Award for lifetime achie ement in
Little Rudy from "The Cosby
Show" all grown up and playing a
hooker? Yes indeed, thanks to Tyler
Keshia Knight Pulliam will star as
an imprisoned prostitute in "Tyler
Perry's Madea Goes to Jail." Derek
Luke also stars in the Lionsgate
comedy, which is set to begin film-
ing in Atlanta next month for a ten-
tative early 2009 release.
Writer-director Perry returns to the
front of the camera as the irrepress-
ible matriarch Madea, whose pen-
chant for trouble-making lands her
behind bars. She comes to the res-
cue of Candy (Pulliam), a fellow
inmate preyed upon by a large
woman. Luke will play an attorney
who has a past with Candy.
Pulliam, 29, recently appeared in
Perry's TBS series "House of
Little "Rudy" (inset) Keshia Knight Pulliam is all grown up now.
Payne" and is launching an Atlanta- "The Cosby Show."
based production company for film Luke, who made his screen debut
and television projects that she has as the title character in "Antwone
in development. She played Bill Fisher," played opposite Robert
Cosby's lovable daughter Rudy Redford in "Lions for Lambs."
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Is it all About Hill and O0 McCain has a Tough Sell to Black America
Republican Sen. John McCain
apparently has a new multi-tiered
effort to draw in Black voters:
Attack Sen. Barack Obama at every
turn; reinvent his record on civil
rights; and make sure he has a large
African-American man next to him
as the cameras follow him on the
McCain, who, unlike the
Democrats, has vanquished his
intra-party rivals, rolled into
Alabama Monday, sounding more
like a civil rights leader than the
conservative Republican he says he
is. He even picked the site of
"Bloody Sunday," one of the most
notorious clashes in civil rights his-
tory, to make his point. In a solemn
remembrance of the brutal beatings
of Blacks by segregationist Whites
on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in
1965, McCain praised John Lewis,
now a congressman, who had his
skull fractured as a young marcher
in the movement.
"There must be no forgotten places
in America, whether they have been
ignored for long years by the sins of
indifference and injustice, or have
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., second from
right stands with members of the Gee's Bend Quilters Collective as they sing
aboard the ferry from Gee's Bend to Camden, Alabama, during the 'Time for
Action' campaign, earlier this week.
been left behind as the world grew
smaller and more economically
interdependent," McCain said
Monday. "In America we have
always believed that if the day was
a disappointment, we would win
tomorrow. That's what John Lewis
believed when he marched across
These words from the senator who
in 1983 opposed a MLK holiday
and, who seven years later, was the
deciding vote that helped President
George H.W. Bush sustain his veto
of the Civil Rights Act of 1990. The
bill would have added teeth to sev-
eral anti-discrimination laws that
had been neutered by the U.S.
Supreme Court. It was a vote that
infuriated Black leaders at the time.
In fact, as McCain cast his vote
against overriding the veto, Ku
Klux Klansman David Duke
watched in glee from one end of the
Senate gallery, while the Rev. Jesse
Jackson scowled from the other.
Earlier this month, with a chance
to make amends with Black leader-
ship and to show that he is indeed
a "compassionate conservative" -
McCain opted to stand by that vote
of 18 years ago, sparking new out-
rage by reiterating false claims that
the measure would have forced
employers to hiring quotas.
That's unlikely to endear him to
African-American voters, who
abandoned the party of Lincoln in
droves in 1960, to vote for John F.
Kennedy, and never returned.
Even while attempting to cajole
Black voters as he did in Alabama
- McCain acknowledges that it's a
tough sell. "I am aware the African-
American vote has been very small
in favor of the Republican Party,"
McCain said in Selma, a 70-per-
cent Black city, as a virtually all-
White crowd looked on.
But the Arizona senator says he's
under no delusions about his ability
to convince Black folks to jump
aboard the Straight Talk Express. "I
am aware of the challenges, and I
am aware of the fact that there will
be many people who will not vote
for me, but I'm going to be the pres-
ident of all the people," he said.
Court Delays Oprah School Trial
JOHANNESBURQ South Africa -
- A South African court has post-
poned the trial of a former dormito-
ry matron accused of abusing stu-
dents at a school set up by Oprah
A lawyer acting for Tiny Virginia
Makopo said he needed more time
to consult with his client. She is
charged with 14 counts of indecent
assault, assault and criminal injury
against six teenage students and a
fellow dormitory matron.
Magistrate Thelma Simpson
agreed to the request. She said there
would be a provisional hearing
Friday and this will set a new trial
date, likely in July.
"You have a right to a speedy trial
but the witnesses also have rights,"
Simpson said. "The sooner this is
finalized the better."
Makopo, who pleaded not guilty at
per first court appearance last
November, hid her face in a maroon
towel as she entered the court build-
ing. A policewoman removed the
towel but Makopo pulled a hood
low over her eyes.
"I can't talk to a faceless person,"
Simpson said as she ordered her to
remove the hood. Makopo was red
eyed and appeared distraught.
Winfrey's US$40 million school
was opened in January 2007 with
much fanfare, with guests including
Nelson Mandela, Spike Lee and
Tina Turner. It is meant to groom
girls from disadvantaged back-
grounds for leadership roles.
The talk show star was deeply
embarrassed by the scandal, espe-
cially because she had told the girls
she was the "momma bear" who
would protect them. Winfrey has
spoken in the past of being raped by
a distant cousin at age 9 and then
abused by three other men, trusted
family friends. She has campaigned
for laws in the United States to pro-
tect children from abusers.
Police have said that the alleged
Tiny Virginia Makopo, 27, who faces 13 charges of indecent assault,
assault and criminal injury committed against at least six students
aged 13-15 and a 23-year-old at Oprah Winfrey's South African school
for disadvantaged girls, appears in front of the judge in Sebokeng's
court, South Africathis week.
abuse took place over four months,
Prosecutor Etienne Venter said the
state was ready with its case and
voiced frustration over the delay,
"We can't keep on dragging and
dragging the case," he said.
Alton Logan hugs family members, Eugene Logan, left, Barbara
Cannon, and Tony Logan, right, as he leaves Cook County Jail after a
Cook County judge ordered a retrial for Logan who has served 26
years in prison for a murder another inmate confessed to.
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CHICAGO -- A man locked
away 26 years for murder was
granted a new trial and freed on
bond Friday with the help of two
attorneys who came forward with
a client's confession after he died
Alton Logan's family took up a
collection in the lobby of the Cook
County Criminal Courthouse and
quickly came up with the $1,000
they needed to post bond.
A dozen friends and family broke
into applause as Logan, 54, exited
the building. He tearfully said it
felt "great" to be free before he
was whisked away in a black SUV.
Logan's younger brother, Eugene
Logan, was adamant that he would
be freed after his retrial.
"Nobody deserves to be locked
away for 26 years for something
they didn't do," said Logan, 48, of
Portland, Ore. "It's a blessing
today that my brother's been
released. He's not been exonerated
yet, but we're going back to court,
and it will happen."
Two attorneys recently revealed
that their former client, Andrew
Wilson, admitted to committing
the crime that has sent Logan to
prison, but attorney-client privi-
lege had kept them from coming
Wilson's death last year allowed
the attorneys to unseal an affidavit
stating that Lpgap was npt respop-
sible for the fatal shooting of secu-
rity guard Lloyd Wickliffe at a
U YearLI LIIate
McDonald's restaurant in January
Dale Coventry, one of the attor-
neys who signed the affidavit, said
Friday night that he hopes prose-
cutors will acknowledge they went
in the wrong direction with the
"Poor Mr. Logan was locked up
all these years for something he
didn't do and that's unfortunate that
it worked out the way it did,"
Coventry said. "I wish (the release)
had happened a lot sooner, but
unfortunately there was no way to
It would be up to Illinois
Attorney General Lisa Madigan's
office to prosecute the case
because of a conflict of interest for
the Cook County State's Attorney's
Logan's uncle, Arthur Gordon,
70, of Milwaukee, waited outside
the jail, saying he knew his
nephew was innocent.
"I knew he didn't do that because
I had been talking to him over the
years," Gordon said. "He kept his
spirit. He said, 'Uncle I have to
stay up. I can't go down. I can't go
Logan's family planned to take
him for a steak and lobster dinner
on his first night of freedom.
"I'm going to turn him on to life,"
Eugene Logan said. "That's what
wp're gqing to 4q ,g'rp going to
live it together."
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